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    I borrowed a friend's PediPaw, and I'm glad I didn't buy one.
    If the sound doesn't freak your pet out (it isn't even loud) then the filing feeling will.
    As somebody above mentioned, just buy a dremmel, because that is exactly what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    Wouldn't be good for my labs then
    My mom has a 140 lbs Rottweiler and it works on him.
    She said she does one paw at the time and then gives him a break, since it tends to get hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVZ View Post
    If you don't want to pay too much, you can just buy a dremel...apparently they sell shield attachments, so it's just like the pedi paw
    I heard that, too. I've been meaning to buy one and trying out on my dog. Anyone here try that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVZ View Post
    If you don't want to pay too much, you can just buy a dremel...apparently they sell shield attachments, so it's just like the pedi paw
    Quote Originally Posted by The Buh View Post
    I heard that, too. I've been meaning to buy one and trying out on my dog. Anyone here try that?
    Why would you buy a tool that costs $80.00+, instead of something that was actually made to work on animals and that only costs $20.00?

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    They just had this on the morning radio show here. A bunch of people called in and said it didn't work, esp. on large dogs.

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    It sure would save me a lot of money, but I just know it would horrify my little girl! I think I'll skip the trauma for us all!

    Petunia Pearl

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    Quote Originally Posted by panda View Post
    I am tempted to try this also. my Pug HATES having her nails trimmed, so I've been taking her to the salon every month. I admit I am scared to try it because I can't stand to see Petunia freaked out! We tried to clip her nails once and she was so afraid, she stood up and put her front legs around my neck and cried!
    Panda, my pug is the same way, I tried to trim her nails once and that was the end of that. I thought about the pedicure but don't think she would like that any better than just clipping them. I have to take her to the groomers and she does not fuss as much with them. I think pedicure would work well with a dog that didn't fuss over having its nails trimmed, otherwise waste of money.

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    I didn't even attempt to try it with my cat. I knew she was going to when the war on that one.

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    A person on this site has a blog about it here-
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    Posted 01-02-2009 at 11:12 AM by Nancy1999
    After taking Joey to his breeder, she felt like the Petipaws was not getting the nails short enough. Seeing her clip the nails, while he experienced absolutely no discomfort made me rethink my efforts. She explained that as the nails grow so does the quick, and just keeping the nails too long for a week or so, enables the quick to grow longer and longer each time. If nails are kept too long the whole foot can spread. She had to cut the nail to the quick on each nail. Amazingly, Joey didn't flinch or whimper when she did this and it did draw blood. She explained that just like the Peti-paws, it's important how you hold the nail, and it must be held firmly before cutting, this wiggling action of the nail is what causes the pain, not cutting the quick. If I had not witnessed this with my own eyes I would have not believed it.

    A month after I saw the breeder, I decided to try to cut Joeys nails with regular clippers with the safety latch, I was able to cut all the front paws, and was careful about holding the nail firmly. No bleeding and the nails are nice and short. It was nerve racking, but one thing that did help was wrapping Joey in a towel, and just holding one paw out.


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    The Nail Files, or Does Peti-Paws Really Work?

    Posted 10-06-2008 at 08:20 PM by Nancy1999
    Updated 10-15-2008 at 02:33 PM by Nancy1999
    This is day two of an attempt to learn how to clip or file Joeys nails myself. Yesterday, I bought the Peti-Paws pet nail trimmer, and was hoping this would put an end to our once a month trips to Petsmart, even though they trim the nails, I am a nervous wreck while they are doing it, and last time, they cut one too short, and he cried out. It was a much bigger production last time, with two girls trying to trim his nails, and him on the table with what looked like a noose around his neck. I hate for him to start dreading out trips to Petsmart, so I got the nail filer.

    After installing batteries, it recommends you see the website for an instructional video, so it's not going to be as easy as it looks on TV. The commercial shows you putting the nail in the groove and moving the trimmer back and forth, so simple a child could do it. Ha, maybe with a Golden Retriever, but I notice they don't show a Yorkie, in the commercial. I go to the website to see the video, and it says,

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    Sorry for the inconvenience! The video is not available at this time.

    I wish they hadn't made it seem so important to see the video. Well apparently, I can't actually use the tool right away anyway, you have to acclimate them to the file, and noise, so day one, was holding him with the nail trimmer on, but not touching his paw, and giving him treats. He was actually pretty nervous at the beginning, and didn't want to eat his treat; this is something serious for Joey. After a minute, he gave in and ate the treat. I then switched to his right paw, which he is very guarded with. He ate 3 or 4 treats while I praised him, and told him what a good boy he was. After we were finished, he wouldn't come when I called him, and he won't sit for me to pick him up. He runs to daddy.

    Today was not much better, and he wouldn't come when I called, I even got the treats, but no Joey. How does he know I want to turn on the file again? He ran to daddy, but daddy was a traitor, and gave him to me. I got some more treats or actually his dinner, and got out the trimmer. This time he was a little better, and I held his left paw, turned on the trimmer and actually placed the plastic part near the nail. Not the side that files, but the other side, and I suppose he could feel a slight vibration. He let me hold each nail, and got a "treat" in-between. I then proceeded to his "sensitive" paw. I was again able to hold each nail next to the Peti-Paws, without him seeming too upset. Lots of praise was used and of course the treats.

    The instructions say that you are to continue to do this until they no longer seem nervous while you are holding them, so this is what we will do tomorrow. I'm going to do this as slow as possible, and give this a fair chance, but I hate him not coming when I call, and he acts like he's afraid of me now.

    Captains Log, Tuesday October 7, 2008 -Day 3

    Joey was still hesitant when I called him today, but I used the food trick and he came, no running to daddy this time. I got part of his dinner food and held him in my lap, with the Peti-Paws on the table. The praise really seems to be helping as much as the food, he really seem to relax when I tell him he's a good boy, and "yes, that's good". I'm trying not to use a baby type voice, but my "matter of fact voice" but this is difficult. He looks so cute. I hold his left paw and he's doing much better, I press the Peti-paws against his paw, and he can clearly feel the vibration, but seems fairly relaxed. I only hold it for a few seconds, and than set it on the table and give him some food. We go through all his nails on this paw. I'm still not actually using the grinder, but the back side of it, but he is so much more comfortable than yesterday, and the day before, I am really tempted to try it on one little nail, but I decide to wait, and do just what the instructions say to do. I reach for his right paw, the sensitive paw, and he get a little nervous, but a few words and he seems to settle down, no squirming all over the place like on Sunday, and again, I hold it to each nail, and set it down, and reward him with a treat. So, I'm beginning to think this thing might work, he seemed much less traumatized when I set him down tonight, than he was yesterday. I think tomorrow we will just repeat this again, I think the more experience he has with this and nothing bad happening, the better it will go the first time the file actually touches the nail. I wish the video, was working on the site, that the instructions recommend I watch, I would feel better knowing as much as possible before I try this. I can't believe some people actually can use clippers.

    Captains Log, Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - Day 4

    Today, Joey wouldn't come at all when I called him for dinner. Usually, he starts hinting about an hour before dinnertime, but tonight nothing. I made his dinner and set with the bowl and the nail trimmer at the table, he sat under one of the chairs, and didn't budge. I went back into the office, and about 15 minutes later he started barking, so I sat at the table again and with a piece of food in my hand and attempted to make him to sit. We played this game for about 5 minutes and I finally won, and scooped him up. He sat in my lap, and I repeated yesterday's steps, again he seemed more scared with his right paw, but there was no real squirming that had been seen on previous days. I was tempted to try it on one nail, but it was so hard to even get him in the chair with me, I thought I'd put it off for a few days. I did stick one nail in the actual hole of the Peti-Paws with the devise turned off, and he was cool with that.

    Captains Log, Thursday October 9, 2008 - Day 5

    Tonight, I made him dinner and he came this time, I scooped him up, and I got the filer, he didn't act traumatized. We went through each nail with the Pet-Paws still using the backside of the filler, not the actual filer. The website video isn't up yet, and I really wanted to see it before I attempted to actually use it because I'm still not exactly sure how to use the thing, but he seemed relaxed enough for me to give it a try. On the commercial it shows them moving the filer up and down, and the motion seems important,but I don't really know how to it, and when I put his nail in it kind of clicked, but didn't seem to be doing anything. I keep thinking I'm over-thinking this. It says to only do one nail the first day, but he was pretty mellow, and I wanted to try another nail. I know the instructions make a big deal about holding the nail and paw firmly, you don't want the nail to wiggle due to vibrations, as this could cause discomfort. So we did two nails, for the three seconds it suggests, but I'm not sure it really took anything off. The good news is he wasn't wiggly, and although he was happy to get down, he didn't act like he hated me.

    Captains Log, Friday October 10, 2008 - Day 6

    Well tonight, I actually tried to file the nails, Joey was relaxed as he was ever going to be, and I just keep getting more nervous. This file is a one size fits all, and I don't know if Joey's nails are short, but it does seem like you have to "try" to actually get the nail to touch the wheel. It says, not to go over three seconds at a time, and come back to that nail. Only a few of Joey's nails actually touch the wheel when I put his nail in the hole. I held the nail firmly between my thumb and forefinger, so it wouldn't vibrate, and stuck in the hole. There was some clicking, but it didn't seem like much filing, I'm really not sure. Maybe I'll have more confidence tomorrow, he seems to be doing great. Maybe I should give myself a little treat after each nail.

    UPDATE

    After a week of using this, I have decided it works very well. Saturday he seemed fine while I filed two of his nails. Sunday, I used a nylon footie on his paw, and stuck his nails through it to keep the hair out of the way, and help me see better, and this too made things go better.

    I've noticed Joey's nails grow at different rates, or more likely through walking he files his own nails at different rates, and there were just a couple of nails on each front paw, that looked like they could be filed. He was due for another nail clipping and I think maybe sometimes, they just clip a couple nails, not all of them, but they have never mentioned this. He's due for a vet check up soon, and I will continue to use this, and ask the vet what he thinks about the length I'm keeping them. He kind of cried out a little Sunday when filing his sensitive right paw, but settled right down, when I did the "pretend" filing, and soon I was able to finish the nail. I don't know why he cried out. I know you are suppose to hold the paw and nail firmly when you file, maybe I held it too tight, or not tight enough, or it could just be, he's a little weenie. I think I will continue to do this each night before dinner, even though his nails look fine. I think the more I use it with no pain associated with it the easier it will be when I actually need to file again. Also taking a tiny bit off each time, seems to be a good way to avoid trauma to the nail.

    By the way Peti-Paws is the product advertised on TV, and is sold at Bed Bath and Beyond, and Walgreens, as well as other places. It sells for $19.99 and needs 4 C batteries. For a battery-operated product, it seems plenty strong enough, and although I have an electric filing dremel for nails, because of the safety hood, this is easier to use. If the nail doesn't fit in the hole, I guess it's too short for filing.
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    It freaked out my dogs.
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    I got one for CHristmas and I'm working on using it on my dog. The instructions say to turn it on and hold it near your dog and pet the dog so she can get used to the noise and having the contraption near her. The idea is to get the dog to realize it won't hurt them.

    I've been working on that and haven't gotten up to trying it on my dog yet. Will let you all know! I sure hope it works, my dog's claws get really long and I'd love to be able to use this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panda View Post
    I should be ashamed of laughing about this: when I tell her she is getting a bath, her ears go down and her tail uncurls and she mopes around and whines!
    Don't feel bad, when my dog is in trouble I just ask her if she wants a bath. She hauls ass and goes and cuddles with the person nearest to her. You would think I gave her a bath outside with the hose. I also want to try that Ped Paws.
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    I don't think there is anything as sad as a Pug with a droopy tail! she has a double curl and it gets all the way down to 1/2 curl and it's pitiful!

    Petunia Pearl

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    ^Aww, Poor baby.

    I have the pedi paws, and it won't work on dogs that are petrified to get their nails clipped. It's also not as fast as nail clippers are, so be patient. BTW, it works wonders with cats, because their nails tend to be much thinner than dogs'. I really don't want mine and I've only used it twice, so if someone wants it, just pm me and I'll mail it to you for free. Don't worry, I won't stalk you.
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